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Jean de La Fontaine

  • In everything one must consider the end.

  • One should stick to the sort of thing for which one was made; I tried to be an herbalist, whereas I should keep to the butcher's trade.

  • By the work one knows the workman.

  • By time and toil we sever what strength and rage could never.

  • Be advised that all flatterers live at the expense of those who listen to them.

  • Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats; neither fear nor shame can cure them.

  • Help yourself and heaven will help you.

  • Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.

  • Sadness flies away on the wings of time.

  • Better a living beggar than a buried emperor.

  • To hell with pleasure that's haunted by fear!

  • We are never content with our lot.

  • It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

  • A hungry stomach cannot hear.

  • Patience and passage of time do more than strength and fury.

  • In short, Luck's always to blame.

  • The worst time is always the present.

  • We risk all in being too greedy.

  • Rather suffer than die is man's motto.

  • What a wonderful thing it is to have a good friend. He identifies your innermost desires, and spares you the embarrassment of disclosing them to him yourself.

  • Every newspaper editor owes tribute to the devil.

  • Even if misfortune is only good for bringing a fool to his senses, it would still be just to deem it good for something.

  • It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

  • I bend, but I do not break.

  • Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.

  • Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.

  • In this world we must help one another.

  • The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.

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